Institute for Policy Research

Basic Income and the European Welfare State

Tue Dec 13 15:45:00 GMT 2016

Time: 09.30am - 4.00pm

Venue: 10W 2.02  

Audience: Academics working in the area of comparative welfare states

On Tuesday 13 December, IPR Research Associate Dr Luke Martinelli and Visiting Policy Fellow Dr Jurgen De Wispelaere will lead a workshop situating the feasibility and institutional ‘fit’ of different basic income schemes within the literatures of the comparative welfare state and comparative social policy. The workshop will form a part of the IPR's ongoing project assessing the case for a basic income in the UK.

Taking as a starting point that European welfare states face common and diverse challenges (in terms of labour market, demographic and social changes that lead to new profiles of poverty and insecurity, for example), the aim of the session will be to consider the ways in which these challenges present both opportunities and difficulties for basic income as a policy solution, how these vary from country to country, and how different ‘varieties’ of basic income arise when we consider the political and institutional feasibility of schemes in specific contexts.


  • 10.00 - 10.15: Welcome — Nick Pearce
  • 10.15 - 11.15: “Varieties of Basic Income” – Jurgen De Wispelaere and Luke Martinelli
  • 11.15 - 11.30: Coffee
  • 11.30 - 12.30: “Basic Income, Welfare States and Institutional Change: Insights from Europe” – Louise Haagh (University of York)
  • 12.30 - 14.00: Lunch
  • 14.00 - 15.45: Roundtable: “Basic Income and the Welfare State: Country Perspectives”

    - United Kingdom — Fran Bennet (University of Oxford)
    - Netherlands — Loek Groot (University of Utrecht)
    - Denmark — Louise Haagh (University of York)
    - Finland — Pertti Koistinen (University of Tampere)
    - Spain — Jose A. Noguera (Autonomous University of Barcelona)
  • 15.45 - 16.00: Closing — “The Political Economy of Welfare Reform and Basic Income” – Nick Pearce

Each of the sessions will comprise presentations followed by open discussion. We would be happy to extend an invitation to academics working on comparative welfare state research, particularly those with an explicit focus on basic income policies.

For more information, contact James Harle.